Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator
Trumpeter swans are the largest swan in North America and a common winter visitor to the refuge/Photo Courtesy of Suzy Whittey

In by gone days the trumpeter swan was nearly driven to extinction due to hunting and loss of their wetland habitat. However, the population has been gradually increasing since the 1950s. It is locally common in winter in the Refuge, but is not present in any other season. Their diet consists mainly of aquatic plants.  

Similar in appearance to the tundra swan, the trumpeter’s forehead forms a V above the bill whereas the tundra has a rounded forehead area.

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Facts About Trumpeter Swan

Largest waterfowl native to North America

Honks like an old car horn

Young trumpeters are grey in color